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About

'Art is long, life is short, opportunity fleeting, experiment dangerous, judgement difficult.'

 - Hippocrates

Welcome and thank you for visiting my online portfolio!

 

Since completing my degree in graphic design and illustration, I have worked as a graphic designer in magazine and newspaper publishing. I have always drawn and have a deep interest in art of all kinds, from ancient to modern. I feel my strength is drawing and I am also interested in the traditional techniques of the distant past and the processes of craft and making by hand. I use natural pigments and materials whenever I can as I find inspiration in the purity of colour and a connection with other makers from the past. Most of the work that follows has been made using natural pigment colours on a traditional gesso ground (see link below) on a wooden support, an ancient technique. I am keen practitioner of yoga (over 40 years) and this often finds its way into my work.

 

Over the past 10 years I have attended short courses and evening classes at various institutions including Blackheath Conservatoire (life drawing, oil painting and portraiture), The Royal Academy (life drawing) , The Princes School of Traditional Arts (traditional painting and drawing techniques) and the Royal Drawing School where I am currently on the Drawing Development Programme. In the last 5 years I have also attended lessons in a small group with artist Rachel Levitas (oil painting and water colour techniques).

 

In 2019 I took on a studio space in Leegate, South East London in order to experiment and to put into practice the techniques I have learnt. It has been a valuable experience and an opportunity to focus on and develop my work. If you would like to view any of my work in person (Covid restrictions permitting) or have any other enquiries, please contact me using the contact form on the final page of this site.


Many thanks!

Kathleen Taylor

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